…Your Apple Watch can make you Fat, and the color Blue.

Hello and thank you for visiting.

I recently purchased an Apple Watch. I was very excited to get it, since my sister has had one for a very long time. She uses it constantly to track her steps, heart rate and monitor her activities during the day. So when the Covid-19 arrived, and everyone was on lockdown, I thought it would be nice to start monitoring my activities. I received my watch after a few weeks, and started using it.

I have a German Shorthair Pointer, named Finn. She requires lots of walking, I never knew how much I really walked until I started using my watch! It’s a lot. She can run and walk forever and never get tired but I do!!

What I have learned is that if you set your calories to burn, say 500 each day, then you can not eat 500 calories extra. It takes 3,500 calories in a week to lose 1 pound. You would have to set your watch to burn 500 to 1000 calories per day, and combine with nutrition, it takes a combination of both diet and exercise.

I say, cut back on calories, what ever it may, potato chips, a few cans of beer, or wine, sodas, and your favorite sweets etc. everyone knows what is their cheat food, to reduce your calorie intake by just 500 calories per day, then burn the other 500 through exercise.

If you reduce your salt intake, very important, because you will retain fluid, and drink (3), 8oz. glasses of water or lemon water per day, you should lose 1lbs.-2lbs. per week!

Nutrition is the most important. You cannot just work out and expect to lose weight! Nutrition is First.

1-Set your height and weight on your Apple iPhone.

2-There is an app on your watch represented by a little green man running man. Set it for an exercise by scrolling down. This will help your watch know how what type of exercise that you are doing. When your are finished, slide to the right to stop the activity, then make sure that you go to the bottom of the activity and close out the activity, because if you don’t, you cannot start another one until you do.

The color BLUE

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It represents stability, trust and loyalty. It is a color that is beneficial to our minds and body. It has a very calming effect on us, and can actually slow down our metabolism. The color Blue is a great color for your bedroom. It may make you sleep better!

…..”Don’t forget to make a memory each day, and don’t apologize for who you are”…Rebecca

Mushroom Foraging, and the Color Yellow!

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I have been recently inspired by two of my daughters that have been keeping busy in the woods foraging for mushrooms.

On the very first day of their walks in the woods, they nailed some Morels! Morels grow under or near Ash Trees, Slippery Elm Trees, and Oak Trees. They grow in the ground on the Southern facing slopes in the woods in the spring. You can find them in open areas.

There are different varieties of these mushrooms.

There are different color types of the Morel mushroom. Black, yellow and grey. My daughters found the yellow ones, that actually grow to be the biggest of all varieties. They are much sought after, and pricy to buy them in the grocery stores.

After soaking them in some salt water for about 20 minutes, they are dried, and then sliced and put into a pan of butter and seasoning. Now I didn’t taste this batch, but heard that they were delicious. You can eat them sautéed, fried, or add them to a black bean burger as a filler.

They are full of Iron, Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin D, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin E, and B6. They contain antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Last week I was privy to taste some of the other mushrooms that they had found. These were called Pheasant Back mushrooms.

They have a very different texture, and look just like a pheasants back. The texture is tougher and they are very hard to get off of the tree. So make sure that you bring a knife with you when looking for these guys!

The smaller and darker versions of the Pheasant Black mushrooms are more tender. You can cook these the same way as the Morels.

Other edible mushrooms are called Turkey Tail mushrooms. These are edible, but tough and rubbery in texture. They are commonly found in Tennessee, but many other places. They actually look like a turkeys tail on the side of a tree. Because of its texture, it is mostly used for making tea. The tea helps to boost your immune system as it contains a variety of powerful antioxidants and other compounds. It contains anti-cancer benefits because of these reasons.

So during these times of isolation, get out and into the woods, forage for some mushrooms. Its good to be out in the fresh air. Your entire family can take part in the search for these delicious little fungi.

The Color Yellow

As spring is trying, yes, trying to get here, I see more signs of the color Yellow. It is a beautiful bright color that just makes us feel good. We see it in the sun, plants, and flowers…it always makes me happy and energetic.

This color stands for honor, loyalty, joy, energy, optimism and remembrance.

During these tough times, the color yellow is a color that we all need in our lives right now to help us cope! By some daffodils, and look for the sun in all that you do!

…..Remember to make a memory each day, and don’t apologize for who you are…..Rebecca

…How to achieve Optimal Health and the Color Green…

…..”The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”…..Thomas Edison

Sleep

Sleep is an important part of achieving Optimal Health. REM sleep is Rapid Eye Movement sleep. It happens when we are dreaming! Recently, I have started dreaming vividly, almost every night. I feel quite rested when I awake. It happens for only short periods of time, but seems like forever.

Positive Mental Attitude

This is also a part of achieving Optimal Health. In these stressful times its hard to maintain a positive attitude, when thing are such a mess with our personal lives. Every day try to adopt a positive, optimistic trend. Like, remember why you are grateful. Optimism, Joy and Happiness.

1-Realizing what really makes you happy.

2-What you enjoy about your life right now.

3-And ask yourself, who loves me?

4-Who do I love?

Cardio Health

Cardio health is tied to emotions and attitude it is also a part of creating Optimal Health. Get out there and enjoy the sun and nice weather with whatever you like to do. Walk, run, hike, swim, bike. etc.

Recognize beauty in Art and Nature

Realize your potential

Gain respect from others and promoting self-esteem

Love and belongingness, receiving love, and giving love and affection.

Trust in family, friends, and be in a group.

THE COLOR GREEN

Colors can be introduced into our lives in many ways This includes flowers, accessories, paint, clothing, and the outdoors.

Green represents the way of Harmony.

It is the heart center. It strengthens without over stimulating. It can lower blood pressure and calm headaches, influenza, head colds, cramps, it is a very calming color to use in specific parts of your home.

……”Remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are”……Rebecca

Mandatory Perimeter Shopping and Vegetables

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Perimeter shopping at the grocery store has always been my way of shopping for food. I would only visit the interior isles of the store for a very few food items. Perimeter shopping is now enforced by all grocery stores.

When shopping for groceries, I would only shop the perimeter of the store. It made perfect sense! This is where you will find all of the healthy foods, fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs and whole grains. That’s all your body needs.

Now, we are forced to shop this way to keep us safe from contracting the virus. When you enter the store, there are little arrows on the floor, to show what direction to go, and which way to go down each aisle as to help in keeping our distance from other shoppers.

I have preached perimeter shopping to my clients and friends. The Coronavirus makes it mandatory for us to shop this way. Things have drastically changed. I think it’s a good thing in ways, but it makes me sad to see wilted produce and sparsely filled shelves.

I have chosen to buy more frozen fruits and vegetables as not to waste the fresh vegetables. They are, by the way, just as good for you, nutritionally, as fresh. But now I am skipping over the fresh stuff.

Now I mostly skip over the fresh produce, except for the vegetables that I am going to cook that night, or within the next few days. I am afraid that I will waste the vegetables and fruits that I purchase. I always grab citrus, onions, garlic, avocado, and some unripen bananas. Not ever sure what the next day will bring.

I can’t wait until the Pandemic is over and we get back to our the normalsee of Fruit Stands, and Open air Fresh Food Markets!

…..remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are….Rebecca

Psychological Resilience and the color Orange…we need this.

     Hello, I am excited to share my life’s journey of resilience to finding holistic nutrition and a healthy lifestyle….

Complete….Nutrition, and Environment, Mind, Body Experience

Many people start living a holistic life by looking at their overall state of health, such as nutrition, exercise, wellness and sleep patterns. The ideal holistic design incorporates natural and organic foods, nutritional supplements and vitamins, and it cuts out processed foods and too much caffeine, alcohol or drugs.

A little bit about me…

I am a mother of four, and grandmother of six. I am a Holistic Health Practice HHP, Certified in Holistic Nutrition, CHNC, Wellness Coach, CWC and an Interior Designer.

Walnuts & Wallpaper  is about preventing illness, reducing stress, and promoting wellness and a healthy environment through nutrition, and living environment. Did you know that the color of your kitchen could make you eat more? Or that the color of your bedroom could keep you up at night? Or, that balancing Acid and Alkaline in your diet can help you lose weight? Or that an organized and comfortable living space can reduce stress?

Psychological resilience and the Coronavirus
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s an individual’s tendency to cope with stress and adversity. Coping results in the individual “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. A third, more controversial form of resilience is sometimes referred to as ‘posttraumatic growth’ or ‘steeling effects’ where in the experience adversity leads to better functioning (much like an inoculation gives one the capacity to cope well with future exposure to disease). Resilience is most commonly understood as a process, and not a trait of an individual.

During times in my life I was STRESSED! We all have our times of stress in our lives, especially now.  As single mother raising 4 children, I suffered a heart attack, and was in a life threatening car accident when I was pregnant for my youngest daughter! I had to find ways to reduce the stress and to eat my way to being healthy again and again.  I have struggled for most of my life with my weight and body image. but I love to eat. Exercise is also a huge factor when it comes to uncertainty and unexpected situations. During these difficult times of self quarantine, its important to find some happiness, dancing, cooking, walking, and keeping routines. 

When I was struggling financially, I also had to create meals on a slim budget. But I also wanted to create healthy, and nutritious meals for my children, And I wanted to have them be involved in the meal preparation and cooking. Our favorite meal was stir-fry vegetables and brown rice. Sometimes we would add chicken or beef, if affordable. I still make this dish  my for my grandchildren, and children by request!  They would cut (plastic knives) or break the vegetables to add to our meal.

Ingredients:

Vegetables, lots and lots of vegetables! Select organic if the vegetables are thin skinned. If they have a thick skin, don’t worry, but remember to wash all of your vegetables and your knife after cutting through them or it will contaminate the flesh of the fruit or vegetable.

You will need a Wok, I have and electric one now, my children gave to me for a gift.  Love cooking in it. (Chinese cooking vessel) use peanut oil, canola, or grapeseed oil (higher flash point 400 degrees F and higher, when cooking in the Wok.)

Fresh ginger, garlic, lemon juice (all fresh and adds a fresh flavor), low salt soy sauce!  Toss it all around!

Add one can of whole organic tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes are awesome.

Add meat, if you like. My suggestions, Grass fed beef, Skirt Steak or Organic chicken, and you can even add Wild caught shrimp! This meal is so simple, and delicious and affordable. Any protein that is affordable.

Cooking:

The only rule here is to cook the meat first, cube, or slice, and into the Wok! Cook for about 5-6 minutes, add vegetables, the vegetables can be frozen….stir, stir, serve over brown rice or any other grain, or cauliflower rice.

Add walnuts for a crunch. This also adds healthy nutritional benefits to this meal. 

Color-Chromotherapy-What is Color Therapy?

“Healing is not achieved through attacking disease. If the body is flooded with color vibrations, disease melts away like snow in the sunshine.”

—Dave Duggan

Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties. The sun alone is a wonderful healer! Just imagine what life would be like without sunshine. It has been proven that lack of sunlight contributes to depression for some people.

A therapist trained in color therapy applies light and color in the form of tools, visualization, or verbal suggestion to balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrancy, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.

Today I want to talk about Orange, it’s my favorite color. Each color has a story.

ORANGE


Meaning

The Wisdom Ray

Affects

The mental body—aids assimilation of new ideas

Uses

A warming, stimulating color, use orange for: liver, spleen, pancreas and kidney disorders, epilepsy, underactive thyroid (for overactive thyroid, use Indigo), chronic rheumatism, chronic asthma, mental and physical laziness, colonic infection, bronchitis, coughs, and to increase milk supply.

Contraindication

Should not be used in acute inflammations.

Specific Treatment Points

Thyroid, lung, pancreas, and spleen

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Breathe, remember, don’t apologize for who you are, just be the best that you can be. And make a memory every day.

…..Rebecca

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Halbit, with olive tapenade , butter, salt, pepper, ginger, and garlic.. Sear in pan on top of the stove, then put in the oven to finish.. for about 6 minutes .

Side salad and served over left over Chinese rice..

So What are you worried about?

Hello and thank you for visiting..

I am worried about my older family members, nursing home patients, my grandchildren, and people that have compromised immune systems, diabetes, obesity, and predisposed lung issued.

I worry about how the world is dealing with this Pandemic.

I worry about how many will die.

I worry about the families that can not be with their terminally ill family members.

I worry about children that are critically ill.

I worry about how our world will recover.

I worry about how this isolation situation will change our lives. Hopefully in a good way!

I worry about our health crisis…not being taken seriously.

I worry about small businesses.

I worry about the new economic world, and how it is going to survive.

I miss my children, and grandchildren. I’m a hugger.. I miss that too!

Lets all help flatten the curve… and suck it up for a few more weeks!!!

Maybe we will all be able to look forward to the summer months… and have a prosperous and fun summer.

During these times, maybe we can learn to look at our family, friends and enemies through their eyes, not ours, and see a different future!

Remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are….Rebecca

Hugs are so important!
We need to get back to this!

Pre Diabetic? Try these Delicious Recipes

Hello and thank you for visiting……..

 Rebecca Moran, HHP, CHNC, Holistic Wellness Consultant

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Turkey Cakes

1 lb. of ground turkey (93% lean), (160 calories per serving)

1 egg

2/3 C of whole grain bread crumbs

1 medium diced onion

3 cloves of garlic

½ juice of a large lemon

3 dashes of low sodium soy sauce

To Taste:

Turmeric, garlic powder, ginger, rosemary, sea salt, pepper

1 teaspoon of real mayonnaise

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Form into meatball size of your choice, (large ice cream scoop size) would be close to a serving size.

Cooking:

I use a large cast iron skillet and add a tablespoon of good extra virgin olive oil to the pan.

Add turkey cakes to the skillet and press them down with a spatula to form cakes.

Add lemon ½ juice

Turn the cakes after cooking for about 4-5 minutes depending on the thickness.

(press down on the center for firmness).

De-glaze the pan with ¼ C of dry white wine, cover lower the heat and simmer for another 5 minutes.  (you can also use chicken stock or beef stock to de-glaze)

Serve with rosemary and lemon slice and Marinara sauce, or your favorite!

Pear and Arugula Salad

Make Ahead Dressing: 

¼ C olive oil

                                        2 T. fresh lemon juice ½ large lemon

                                        1 T. Honey

                                       ½ t. Chopped Thyme

                                        3oz of goat cheese

                                        Wisk together

Salt and pepper to taste

Salad:

Baby Arugula about 5 oz.

(2) – Asian pears or your favorite fruit, peeled and thinly sliced

3 oz. of goat cheese crumbled

½ C. salted roasted pumpkin seeds

Sea Salt to finish.

Directions:

In a large bowl, toss the arugula with the pear slices and pumpkin seeds.  Add the dressing and toss well.  Then top with the goat cheese and sprinkle with sea salt and added pumpkin seeds.

Serve Right Away!

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Desert:

Bowl of fresh Strawberries, Blueberries, washed and dried.  2-3 T. of honey, and then 2-3 limes, (juice of the limes).  Stir together taste for the balance of sweetness of lime to honey.

Serve:

With fresh mint and whipped cream! 

……Rebecca Moran, this is an original recipes from my pantry and stove.  I hope that you enjoy!

“Make a memory every day and don’t apologize for who you are.”

Escargot, the Bad Mood Blocker and Colors that will make you Happy!

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I love eating Escargot it is a French word for Snails, also Oysters, Clams, Musscels, and Squid which all contain a chemical called tryptophan, an Amino Acid, helps your brain produce Serotonin. Eating them does not make you sleepy.

Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting inform from one nerve cell to another. Serotonin has been referred to as the brain’s own mood elevating drug. Proper levels of Serotonin is extremely important since lower levels in severe levels have been linked to severe depression.

Although Snails are healthy on their own, 76 calories/14 g of protein per 3 oz serving, loaded with magnesium and no saturated fats. But the French, for example, prepared a dish with the garlic butter, parsley, Escargots Bourguignon, each serving contains 277 calories and 31 grams of fat. So skip the butter, or just use sparingly over pasta, with garlic, onions, and mushrooms….Delicious!

You can steam Clams and Mussels in a deep pan on the stove, adding garlic, onions, parsley, butter and white wine. Cook until the clams open, add a little heavy cream and diced tomatoes. Remove from heat. Serve on pasta, or in a bowl with a great piece of bread.

Oysters can be eaten raw, which is one of my favorite ways to eat them. Another delicious way to prepare them is on the grill, and a more savory way is to shuck them, put lemon juice, spinach, and parmesan cheese bread crumbs on the half shell and broil. Yummy!.

Squid and Octopus are pretty much the same creature, but with some different features. Octopus has a round head with 8 arms, and a Squid has a triangular shaped head and fins, along with their 8 arms. They taste great grilled, in soups, and as sushi. They have a chewy texture, but when they are grilled correctly, Delicious. Also as Calamari, deep fried! or oven baked in a batter. I cant believe I just said Deep Fried!!! I must be loosing it.

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Colors to make your life less stressful.

During these critical times of the Pandemic, it is a good time to paint a room or two. Here are some colors that I am suggesting to achieve a calm and less stressful environment.

My very first college degree was from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I received a degree in Interior Design, ID and NKBA/CBD. Besides designing, color playes a big part on pulling together a beautiful, comfortable atmosphere for a homeowner. Here are some suggestions :

1-Blue-A classic color that is calming and southing, I would suggest it for a bedroom, since it has been known to help you sleep.

2-Green-Associated with the outdoors, this color is also calming and comforting.

3-Gray-This color may seem odd to suggest, but is the perfect color for a neutral and go give balance to any room.

4-White- Is the best neutral, it creates an environment of freshness, and cleanliness.

Go paint a room, or take a hike in the woods with your dog..we are all in for the long haul, so lets get busy taking care of ourselves so we can help others.

…remember to make a memory every day and don’t apologize for who you are…Rebecca

Covid-19 is messing with our Adrenal Glands!

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Our Adrenal Glands are located on the top of each Kidney.

Nothing effects our Adrenal Glands more than stress!

When our Adrenal Glands are stressed and fatigued, it causes numerous problems with our body.

1-Inflammation

2-Insomonia

3-Fungus

4-Constapation

5-Chronic fatigue

6-High Blood Pressure

This is how they work. Our Adrenal glands produce Cortisol, which controls our metabolism, and helps our body respond to stress.

Exercise is not the best solution, which is many deficiencies is one of the best options for healing.

During this time of the Covid-19 crisis, I think many of us are suffering from the impact of our restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Here are some tips to help keep our Adrenal Glands functioning properlly

1-Have lab work to determine Adrenal functions.

2-Go on a 90 day reset diet which consists of more vegetables, and nutrition based proteins: beans, eggs, nuts, seeds, seafood, soy, and lean meats.

3-Eat green super foods: Kale, Spinach, broccoli arugula, snap peas, collardgreens are some of the best ones.

4-Vitamins, especially the B vitamins, B-6, B-12, vitamin C, and E.

5-Minerals such as Calcium, and Magnesium Seleninem, which has a calming effect.

Right now it is hard to find these nutritious vegetables, and we dont want to hoard and then waste them.

Remember that frozen vegetables are flash frozen and just as good as purchasing frest. They have the same nutritional value.

You can also add these veggies to a blender and make some delicious healthy meals.

…..make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are. ..Rebecca